The old woman shuffled across the hard-packed earth until she found a large stone to sit on. She had arrived early to watch the sun rise over the spires of Angkor Wat.
Hundreds had gathered in the morning mist. Their faces and dress told her that many had traveled from distant places.
All was silent. Then as the sun peeked from behind the ancient temple, she heard a sound. It arose from the crowd, even as it emerged from her own lips.
This, she thought, must be the sound of God being breathed into the new day.
Don Tassone’s debut short story collection, “Get Back”, and debut novel, “Drive”, were published in 2017. He lives in Loveland, Ohio and teaches at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Find him here.